Cabin Cruise Ship Travel: 12 Dos and Don’ts to Make Your Trip Better
If you’re a first-time cruise enthusiast or haven’t settled into a cruise routine, here’s a list of our favorite embarkation day do’s and don’ts, acquired from many years cruising, in addition as our site’s input from happy Cruise Critic’s Facebook fans.
Due to the past year’s international health and communicable disease crises, cruise ships are uber-diligent about germs. They will physically spray your hands each time you approach dining areas, every time you return to the ship, and other prudent times. They want you to have a germ free experience, so the cruise ship cabins have certainly been already Lysol treated before you checked in, but if you feel better doing it yourself, spray down your cabin’s surfaces and nether-regions, and then:
DO dive into the carry on bag where you put additional clothes and hygiene products, and discard your work week clothes for something light and bright and new. Vacation begins now.
DO take tour around the places on board that you have the most interest.–the dining room(s), entertainment center(s), and hot tubs and spa facilities, perhaps? Starting at the bridge deck and working your way down for your first look-see will be less tiring than climbing 11 stories of stairs for the scouting trip. You will want to skip the decks with only cruise ship cabins.
DON’T skip the emergency life preserver drill. No one plans to drown this trip, but the information is important, and the gathering on deck is fun and an ice breaker on all cruise ships.
DO make sure your dining reservations were carried forward from your cruise agency. Choice dining times can overbook. Make a observe of when the dining is formal; the best cruise ships vary with those ritual high times.
DON’T try to sail into a buffet right away due to the crowds ahead of you. You can take a quick peek and if it looks like bargain day at David’s Bridal, opt for one of the smaller eateries located around the ship where you can remove hunger pains and save the buffet for after the main rush. It is regularly refurbished; cruise ships never run out of food, so you will nevertheless have to buy a larger size once home.
DO take time to lie back in a deck chair and review the options for shore excursions. Ask the tour desk questions about them; they are their specialty. If you have children with you, there will be trips for them, and other adult trips to leave the child behind with the ship child tending sets.
DON’T forget to look at the shopping levels of your ship for the fine designer clothing, jewelers and other upscale items that can be purchased at a discount and without tax. Liquors are in that category but you will have to leave those purchases with the ship until back at home port. They want you to buy their bottles and drinks from the ship’s lounges, not from your private stash.
DO the math beforehand to make sure the ship soda and alcohol packages really will save you money, and if so, buy one now before you have already had drinks
DON’T neglect to save space in any fee-charged cabanas or special sun decks, especially for a day at sea when they are most wanted and most enjoyable. Familiarize yourself with the adult swimming pools in addition.
DO head up on deck for sailaway. It’s festive, with live music and flowing drinks, and the view while leaving port is thrilling and noticable. It is a tradition with frequent cruisers to make that sailaway moment.
DON’T miss the televised ship announcements in your cabin while you are unpacking and making your nest. Interesting and helpful information is broadcast for your edification.
DO watch the sun set over the ocean, go to the welcome aboard show, hit the casino, sing karaoke and shake your booty at the disco-did we mention the neon tropical drink that is the trademark of your particular ship with a souvenir glass? –